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The last thing that students need is less regulation

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Jim Dickinson reflects on calls to reduce regulation of universities - arguing that the real problem is the way we frame higher education as "big boarding school" The post The last thing that students need is less regulation appeared first on Wonkhe.

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The AI Advantage: Boosting Student Engagement in Self-paced Learning through AI 

Faculty Focus

Today’s higher education students are increasingly digitally savvy, accustomed to technology being woven into every facet of their lives. It’s no wonder they expect the same from their learning experiences. Traditional classroom models, while still vital, are no longer the only avenue for knowledge acquisition. The rise of self-paced e-learning courses post-Covid is a testament to this shift, enabling students to learn according to their own schedules and at their own pace.

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Quality assurance needs to extend beyond the baseline

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A different approach to quality assurance could allow us to share more information about what actually happens in higher education providers. The QAA's Helena Vine and Eve Alcock tell us more The post Quality assurance needs to extend beyond the baseline appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Hispanic College Enrollment is Growing, but More Needs to be Done

Insight Into Diversity

The number of Hispanic people ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college has doubled since 2005. While this is good news, the leadership at the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) says continued and increased support for the community remains critical. ​One factor behind the enrollment rise is the growth of the nation’s Hispanic population — from 14.6 million in 1980 to 62.1 million in 2021 — according to the U.S.

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What would it take to shift the dial on data burden?

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Everyone loves to commit to reduce data burden in higher education. Andy Youell asks what it would take to actually do it. The post What would it take to shift the dial on data burden? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Report: Immigrants Can Help Reduce Labor Shortage, Community Colleges Can Help

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Properly upskilling and supporting immigrants, refugees, and asylees can help remedy the nation's predicted labor shortage, according to a new report from Upwardly Global. Jina Krause-Vilmar According to the organization, which seeks to help immigrants into the U.S. workforce, almost all U.S. working-age population growth for the next two decades is expected to be composed of immigrants, refugees, asylees, and their children.

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Howard’s Marriott-Sorenson Center Brings Diverse Leaders into Hospitality

Insight Into Diversity

Working in the interior design sector of the hotel industry wasn’t a career path that Jordan Ward knew was even possible as a freshman at Howard University. However, as a program scholar with the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership , doors opened and led to her successful career as a project associate at Valley Forge Fabrics Inc. Ward plans to one day own her own hotel, an idea sparked by a business leader who visited the center during her time at Howard.

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Bard’s Innovative LGBTQ+ Studies Program Prepares Future Leaders

Insight Into Diversity

As legislative attacks continue to threaten the rights and protections of LGBTQ+ students, an innovative new program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock aims to empower them with the professional and social capital to lead the charge for a more inclusive future. John Weinstein, PhD The Bard Queer Leadership Project (BQLP) is a bachelor of arts degree program that enables LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to study queer leadership and culture in tandem with one of the more than 40 academic concentrations

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The 'U.S. News' Rankings Are Here, With an Altered Formula and Few Defectors

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Francie Diep Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock images After months of agitation from law and medical schools, the vast majority of colleges seem to have cooperated with U.S. News for its undergraduate-program rankings.

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SOULS: The Academy’s Recipe for Transformation, Retention, and Creating a Better World

Insight Into Diversity

I have always been fascinated by the prescience and timelessness of W.E.B. Du Bois’ classic, “The Souls of Black Folk.” In the 1903 publication, the legendary Du Bois explored the philosophical-cum-spiritual dimensions of the then emancipated Black people, coupled with the needed societal changes tying them together through a prescient view of society and in dual identity and double-consciousness.

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UK government launches campaign to tackle loneliness at universities

The Guardian - Higher Education

Campaigners criticise ‘tokenistic’ initiative started after polling showed almost all students experience bouts of loneliness Millions of teenagers across Britain will arrive at university for the first time on Monday as freshers’ week begins. Almost all will experience bouts of loneliness with nearly half being worried they will be judged if they admit to it, according to a sample of 1,000 students, collected by YouGov for the government.

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Researching Racial Wealth Disparities Through an Architectural Lens

Insight Into Diversity

Researchers plan to investigate the racial wealth gap as it relates to building and environmental design through a new collaboration between Syracuse University School of Architecture and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The project , Closing the Racial Wealth Gap through Environmental Justice and Participatory Design, is funded by a $100,000 grant from Syracuse’s Lender Center for Social Justice, which fosters an interdisciplinary approach to advan

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Discounts and freebies: make the most of your money as a student in the UK

The Guardian - Higher Education

Arm yourself with these useful tips to save cash on food, TV and music, beauty and more Every penny counts when you’re studying, and there are lots of discounts around that can help ease the cost pressures on students. Here are some tips to help you avoid paying the full price. • Sign up to sites and apps such as UniDays and Student Beans , which list scores of student discounts on everything from takeaways to tech.

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Deadline Approaches for NCAA D1 Schools to Comply with New DEI Review Process

Insight Into Diversity

This November, NCAA Division 1 (D1) colleges and universities are required to submit documentation, signed by presidents, chancellors, and other high-ranking officials, attesting that they have completed a review of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) policies and programming within their athletics departments. The association’s individual conferences must also complete a review by November 2024.

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Budget cuts hit all colleges totaling over $11 million - Stephanie King, Golden Gate Express

Economics and Change in Higher Education

The University Budget Committee held the first meeting of the academic year presenting budget cuts to all six colleges and a 25% cut to faculty affairs. The UBC meeting addressed concerns about class cuts, the future of lecturers and decreased enrollment. “I don’t want to minimize how hard it is to resize. These are people,” said San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney.

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A Defense of the Senior Diversity Officer in Politically Charged Times

Insight Into Diversity

If the media is to be believed, the future of the senior diversity officer in higher education is bleak. But is it really? Institutions wary of the battle to unwind the work of equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging would do well to invest in leaders whose work epitomizes its core values. At the same time, success in these roles increasingly depends on the ability to work creatively and collaboratively toward the pursuit of common goals.

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UCL East Marshgate review – an inward-looking class act

The Guardian - Higher Education

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London University College London’s flexible new campus, designed by Stirling prize-winners Stanton Williams, is all complex drama within, yet its forbidding exterior sits somewhat uneasily with its Olympic Park neighbours – which will soon include the V&A, BBC, Sadler’s Wells and more University College London, nearly 200 years old, consistently ranking among the top 10 universities in the world, and one of the biggest in the UK, is embarking on the largest expa

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Legacy Admissions Debate Ignites After Affirmative Action Ruling

Insight Into Diversity

As a major step toward more equitable admissions policies following the U.S. Supreme Court ban on affirmative action, college and university leaders, politicians, education experts, and the general public are calling for an end to legacy admissions — the practice of giving preference to students who have familial connections to alumni. Although a growing number of universities, including Johns Hopkins University, Amherst College, and, recently, Carleton College, have opted out of legacy admissio

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Is the political climate in southern states driving a faculty exodus? - Laura Spitalniak, Higher Ed Dive

Economics and Change in Higher Education

Political interference in higher education and changes to tenure are significantly affecting faculty morale and retention in a handful of southern states, new survey findings from the American Association of University Professors suggest. The association, working with state faculty groups, surveyed more than 4,250 faculty members in Florida, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina from Aug. 14 to Sept. 1.

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Focus on DEI in Higher Education: Highlighting Your Work for 50 Years

Insight Into Diversity

During the past 50 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, formerly the Affirmative Action Register (AAR), has reported on the abundance of programs, policies, best practices, and other efforts implemented to advance DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) in higher education and beyond. From creating greater access for underrepresented student populations to building more inclusive campuses to the hiring and retention of diverse faculty and staff, we have witnessed remarkable changes, growth, an

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‘It’s a power game’: students accused in university rape hearings call in lawyers

The Guardian - Higher Education

Parents of young men facing conduct panels over assaults are raising the stakes by bringing barristers to them, academics say Universities left to tackle rising tide of sexual assaults Parents of male students accused of rape at university are starting to bring in barristers to help them avoid expulsion, the Observer has learned. As the number of serious sexual assaults escalates across universities , experts say female students often do not want to go to the police, fearing delays and traumatis

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50th Anniversary: Letter from our Publishers

Insight Into Diversity

Dear INSIGHT Readers, As we approach 2024, we are celebrating 50 years of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine! We began this journey as the Affirmative Action Register and published under that name for nearly 35 years. Our transition in 2010 to INSIGHT Into Diversity came at a time when we realized that our mission was to go well beyond legalities; we wanted to help colleges and universities build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campuses where everyone can feel welcome and thrive.

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Empowerment Through Participation

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The recent arrival of National Black Voter Day is a matter of utmost significance given the storied history of Black voter suppression in this country. For readers who may not be well-versed in the underlying rationale behind this particular day, it is important to highlight the efforts of organizations such as the National Urban League, who strategically leverage the second Friday of September to orchestrate educational initiatives aimed at empowering Black voters with knowledge and strategies

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Community College Partnerships Help Diversify Four-Year Institutions

Insight Into Diversity

Community colleges must play an integral role in diversifying four-year colleges and universities in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on affirmative action, and both types of institutions should work harder to develop strong partnerships focused on creating greater access to higher education, say education experts. “As open-access institutions, community colleges are not directly affected by the court’s decision, but they are essential to the response,” Thomas Brock, PhD, director of the

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Hardcore porn, choking and rape: UK universities left to tackle rising tide of sexual assaults

The Guardian - Higher Education

As on-campus sexual misconduct cases escalate, there are increasing calls to talk openly with young people about sex, pleasure and consent ‘It’s a power game’: students accused in university rape hearings call in lawyers Among the stalls encouraging students to sign up for rock climbing, parkour, the law society, and inevitably the pub crawl group, university freshers’ fairs have for many years now given out free rape alarms to young women.

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From the INSIGHT Editorial Board: Reflections on 50 Years

Insight Into Diversity

“Never has INSIGHT Into Diversity been more needed in higher education. While diversity, equity, and inclusion are being treated as a hyperbolic football by those with political aspirations, the fact remains that faculty and administrators on campuses will continue to need to meet the contemporary expectations of students who want to be prepared academically and socially to live in a multicultural, complex world.

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USC Dissolves DEI Office, Campus Pride Removes Colleges From ‘Best’ List

Insight Into Diversity

Anti-DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) efforts continue to impact higher education and other establishments across the country since the political trend began in late 2022. Recently, the University of South Carolina (USC) announced the closing of its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The move comes as legislators review proposed anti-DEI laws in the state and threaten budget cuts targeting DEI programming at public institutions.

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(Still) Chasing Change: 50 Years of Striving for Workforce Diversity

Insight Into Diversity

In the 50 years since INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine first began publishing with a focus on hiring and recruiting in higher education, the efforts of colleges and universities to diversify their workforces have evolved from adherence to the letter of the law to a deep understanding of the importance of having faculty, staff, and administrators reflect the multiple identities of their students.

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Pivotal Moments in Higher Education DEI

Insight Into Diversity

As we share a bit of our publication’s history in this special anniversary section, we also trace the trajectory of DEI in higher education over the past five decades — a period of profound transformation. From the passage of Title IX to the racial justice movements of the 2020s, each era has witnessed pivotal moments that left an indelible mark on college campuses across the country, progressively reshaping them into more inclusive and equitable environments.